DM cover U2's "So Cruel" for Q Mag

Today U2’s Bono announced a forthcoming  ‘Achtung Baby’ Covers Album that features Depeche Mode giving their track “So Cruel” a go.  The covers album is a project that was was commissioned by the British music magazine Q and it’s to honor the 20th anniversary of Achtung Baby. Bono also revealed that Jack White, Patti Smith and Damian Rice are just some of the names also involved in the project. Read full article and link after the jump!


Bono Announces ‘Achtung Baby’ Covers Album

Jack White, Depeche Mode, Patti Smith contributed to forthcoming disc



Rolling Stone Magazine

By Karen Bliss
September 9, 2011 5:40 PM ET

Jack White, Depeche Mode, Patti Smith and Damian Rice are among the artists on a forthcoming tribute album honoring the 20th anniversary of U2’s Achtung Baby, frontman Bono announced at a press conference this afternoon for the U2 documentary From the Sky Down at the Toronto International Film Festival.


The album was commissioned by the British music magazine Q. “Jack White does ‘Love Is Blindness,’ Depeche Mode do ‘So Cruel,’ Patti Smith did ‘Until the End of the World,’ Damian Rice does ‘One.’ It just goes on. And it’s strange, because when I hear the album, when U2 do it, all I hear is what’s wrong with it. But when I heard all these artists doing it, I thought, ‘It’s really good.'”


In addition, Bono said that artist Damien Hirst recently completed a video for “Even Better Than The Real Thing.”  “He made a very special art work, which has only been shown once and probably won’t be shown again, because [it was for the] Glastonbury festival and it’s an extraordinary work of art.”


One person asked via Twitter if they were to release a single from Achtung Baby today, which would fit best? Without hesitation, Bono answered, “‘Even Better Than The Real Thing.’ Now there’s a mix of it, which is stunning, called the Fish Out of Water remix, which I would like to release as a single,” he said.  “I’m trying to talk some people into it, even today. It has the Damien Hirst thing. Damien did his work to that mix. That’s the one we open with and end the film with.”


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    Wow!!! i'm so lookin' 4ward 2 thiz DM cover of U2'Achtung Baby' being a HUGE fan of both groupz, thiz iz a pleasant surprize") can't wait!!! MxXx-

  • PK


    Achtung Baby is by far my favourite U2 album. For lots of different reasons, So Cruel is my favorite track from the album. Mode rarely do covers (I certainly can't remember any being commercially available), so for them to be covering this track is a real treat. Lyrically it's up there with Macro from Playing the Angel, from what little I've read re Mr Gore and Mr Gahan's life it'll mean something to each of them so I'm left wondering who gets to sing it. Can't wait!

  • Alex


    PK - Dave's singing it, music and production by Gore ... nice haunting mellow track.

  • Francis vace


    I can think of two released dm covers, both b sides, dirt and route 66. Any others anyone?

  • Crinoide


    It's DamiEn Rice, ffs.

  • The Truth


    should be a good version and It's nice to see DM doing something like this. Normally they don't get involved in projects away from their albums and tours. So Cruel sounds like a DM track anyway.

  • PK


    Mode rarely do covers (I certainly can’t remember any being commercially available... apart from John The Revelator- d'oh!

  • Grant


    Here we go...

  • Annika4


    I imagine it will be delicious. I can't wait.

  • Kaileocomial


    PK: The B-Side dirt is an Iggy Pop cover.

  • Grant


    PK : And of course the classic Route 66 was a cover.